Volume 52 - Autumn 2021


Study Opportunities

City Lit - Courses in Bookbinding and Book arts 2020/21. Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA



Bookbinding: Japanese books and boxes (VD416)
Thursdays 10:30 - 16:00 18/11/2021 - 09th December 2021

Explore the elegant sewing patterns found in Japanese binding. Learn how to fold books, make a fold-out case, work traditional designs and experiment with creating your own. This course is suitable for beginners.
Tutor: Sue Doggett
Full £199.00 Senior £159.00 Concession £121.00

Short courses

Bookbinding: bradel binding (VD434)
Thursdays 10:30 - 16:30 21/10/2021 - 11th November 2021

The bradel binding can be traced back to the eighteenth century and although it resembles an ordinary case binding, the techniques used to construct the book make it much more durable. This structure can be adapted for use with paper, cloth and leather. Suitable for all levels.
Tutor: Royston Haward Full £199.00 Senior £159.00 Concession £121.00

Hand marbled paper (VD402)
Fridays 10:30 - 16:00 22/10/2021 - 12th November 2021

Get creative whilst discovering the history and mystical techniques of decorative paper marbling from Suminagashi and Ebru to traditional Western marbling on carrageen moss size. Try out re-creating some historical patterns.
Suitable for all levels.
Tutor: Royston Haward
£ 249.00 Senior £199.00 Concession £152.00

Creative arts for bookbinding I: decorative paper techniques (VD354)
Saturday 10:30 - 16:30 11/12/2021 - 11th December 2021

Try out a range of decorative techniques for paper including paste papers, dip dyed papers, rubber stamps and Japanese marbling for bookbinding use or as individual pieces. All levels welcome.
Tutor: Sue Doggett
Full £79.00

Bookbinding: box making (VD327)
Mondays 10:30 - 16:30 25/10/2021- 29th November 2021

Learn how to make slipcases and clamshell boxes. Get creative with decorative and plain papers, cloth, board and fastenings and complete beautiful containers to house your books and objects.
Tutor: Clare Bryan
Full £299.00 Senior £239.00 Concession £182.00

Gold tooling on paper (VD412)
Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 16:30 14/12/2021 - 17th December 2021

Develop your knowledge and experience of gold tooling on paper using hand finishing tools, BS Glaire and loose gold leaf. For those with experience in gold tooling using hand finishing tools and gold leaf.
Tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Full £199.00 Senior £159.00 Concession £121.00

For course outlines and the FULL bookbinding programme, please visit

For other courses of interest, including our calligraphy programme, please visit https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/art-and-design/contemporary-crafts

We are running face-to-face and online classes. All classes listed are classroom based unless stated as 'online'.

Enquiries: visualarts@citylit.ac.uk
Enrolments Phone line: 020 7831 7831 Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00 (last calls taken at 17:45)

Society of Bookbinders and Designer Bookbinder Joint Workshop Programme 2021/2022

SoB and DB are delighted to be offering their 2021/22 series of DB/SoB Joint workshops and would like to say a big thank you to the tutors and all of you who have been so patient during the often-changed programme dates during the last year.

For this series there will be eight rather than the usual six weekends, which include two held over from the 19/20 series.

Bookings for the first two weekends will open on 1st August and the rest of the series will be bookable from 1st November. Please do not book for any workshops other than the first two before this date.

Weekend workshop fees are £185 for DB and SoB members and £205 for non-members. Each has a materials fee payable on the weekend direct to the tutor.

Fill that page! A bookbinder's guide to creative design practice with Sue Doggett
Venue TBC
26/27th February 2022

Dig out your paint boxes, coloured pencils, inks and messy materials for a weekend of practical, experimental creative work. Explore how to approach that blank piece of paper and the beginnings of a design. The two days will include a series of demonstrations, practical creative exercises and plenty of guided workshop time. Sue will also talk about her own approach to creating artists' books and bindings and how to build the content of a book, starting from scratch.

An Introduction to Islamic Bindings with Kristine Rose-Beers
Bayntun bindery, Bath
12th-13th March 2022

This workshop will introduce the Islamic binding structure. Participants will make a model of an Islamic book, drawing on structural features from historic exemplars. Twined chevron-patterned endbands will be sewn, and various decoration techniques will be used to ornament the covers, including the application of gold. Some experience of bookbinding would be useful.

Deluxe Full-leather Notebook with Tom McEwan
30th April-1st May 2022
Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland

This binding style was derived and adapted from an original, early Victorian pocket notebook. The structure has several interesting features, including laminated boards which are sculpted and shaped to create a faceted, angular appearance. The page edges have a deckled/uncut finish and endpapers are of marbled paper typical of the period.

Beginning Tooling with Dieter Rader
Dragon Press bindery, nr Carmarthen, Wales
23rd-24th April 2022

This workshop will teach participants the fundamental techniques of hand tooling on leather. Suitable for those with no experience, it also offers a thorough refresher course for anyone wanting to gain confidence in their finishing. The use of foils and various alternative materials will also be touched upon. While focusing on working with hand tools, type holders will be briefly introduced if wished.

Colour, Texture and Pattern on Book Cloth with Ruth Brown
Leah Higgins Studio, Eccles, nr Manchester
18th/19th June 2022

On this course we will be using a wide range of techniques to make marks, texture and patterns on fabric which we will then convert to book cloth. We will experiment with mono-printing, screen printing and numerous ways of making marks on fabric, as well as playing with colour and tone. You will take home a range of sample pieces for reference when you create your own cover fabrics or which can be used for small book projects. All the techniques we will use can be done easily at home with a small set of equipment.

An Elegant Method of Board Reattachment with Emma Fraser
Wellcome Collection, London
9th-10th July 2022

This method was designed for use on tight back bindings where one or more of the boards are detached but the spine and sewing is intact. During this workshop we will examine and discuss various methods of board reattachment, followed by a demonstration of my method. Participants will then prepare the simple tools and materials needed before being guided step by step through the process on their own examples. A knowledge of book structures and book conservation techniques is recommended for this 'hands on' workshop.

Further details and booking forms will be available from
Sarah Burns sarah@the-burns.com or 01643 841116

Shepherds Bookbinding Course, Wiltshire

Shepherds Courses

C&G Level 3 Diploma - Quarter Leather Drop Back Box
22nd-24th October 2021

£432 inc VAT
The last piece in the Storage and Enclosures module for the Level 3 Diploma, here you will learn how to make a quarter leather drop back box with a rounded spine.
Taught by Tony Webber

C&G Level 3 Diploma - Edge Decoration
4th November 2021

£120 inc VAT
Edges are another surface for the binder's creativity to shine but they are often overlooked. They act as an important protective barrier as well as being a key design element of a fine binding. In this workshop, Kate will show you how to achieve the perfect glass smooth finish to your edges and work through a variety of decorative finishes. From basic sprinkling and sponging through graphite, marbling, paste, gauffering and gold leaf.
Taught by Kate Holland

C&G Level 2 (Unit 220) - Half Leather Case Bindings
8th-12th November 2021

£540 inc VAT
This course is the first unit in the Level 2 C&G certificate in Bookbinding. You will learn how to make casebound leather books in quarter and half leather, and how to pare leather and sharpen knives. Some bookbinding experience is necessary.
Taught by Lori Sauer

C&G Level 1 (Unit 119) - Photograph albums and slipcase
22nd-26th November 2021

£540 inc VAT
For those with a little bookbinding experience, this course is the second unit necessary for the Level 1 C&G certificate in Bookbinding, where you will learn how to make two different types of photograph album, one with folded guards, and one with stiff boards, and a lined cloth slipcase.
Taught by Mylyn McColl

To book a place on any of the above courses please either phone Shepherds on 02076305323
or book on-line here.

Bookbinding Courses with Doug Mitchel

Bookbinding with Doug Mitchell

Higham Hall - www.highamhall.co.uk

Bookbinding: Advanced (quarter bound leather)
10th-13th March 2022

This is the third stage in learning bookbinding. Making books covered in leather is always a most satisfying thing to do no matter how many times you do it. We will be making a 19th C western style, smooth spine, quarter bound book in goatskin leather with decorative marbled paper sidings. An ideal time to practice those endpaper making and sewing skills, taking the book through the construction stages, board attachment, leather preparation and forwarding. All you will need is some prior experience and good hand skills but be assured that Doug will take you through the process step by step.

Bookbinding And Restoration
4th-8th May 2022

Old books are history and deserve some TLC, so bring along at least three books, (no larger than A4 please) and be guided through each process, learning the techniques of paper repair and cover restoration but using modern materials and keeping as much of the original as is practical. Leather books can be more difficult to repair and will take longer compared to cloth bound books. Doug will take you through the process step by step.

Bookbinding: Playtime
15th-18th July 2022

A weekend of completing projects you may have started elsewhere or an opportunity to begin a new one and need a helping hand. There will also be a chance to do some Gold Foil tooling on Skiver labels and maybe have a go at making Decorative Papers using various simple techniques such as paste and acrylic paints or inks. Let us just see what can be accomplished.

Knuston Hall, Northamptonshire. Bookings through their website or by emailing enquiries@knustonhall.org.uk

Sewn Board Binding
8th-10th November 2021

Doug Mitchell has been a Conservator/Binder for over 45 years. He completed a 5-year apprenticeship at John Dickinson & Co. Ltd. in Hertfordshire gaining a City and Guilds distinction in bookbinding and print finishing at the Watford College of Technology. He continued his training by later working for the British Museum Bindery and Foreign Office Press in Whitehall before joining the British Library in 2001 as a Book & Paper Conservator and Gold Finisher at the Centre for Conservation where he later achieved a level 3 NVQ qualification so that he can mentor interns and foreign students.

He has made presentation books for the Princess Royal, Prince Charles, The King of Morocco and the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Doug is a member and regular face of the Society of Bookbinders Conferences and regional Workshops and has lectured at the York conference in 2007, and Warwick in 2011.

Although now retired he continues to hold workshops on various aspects of Bookbinding, historical book structures, Restoration, Paper Conservation and Gold Finishing at adult education colleges, S.O.B. regionals and independent conservation studios. He has over 25 years teaching experience.

For further information on these courses, Doug can be contacted at booksurgeon@gmail.com

Book Conservation Services, Adelaide, Australia

Each year at The Bindery in Adelaide we offer workshops, intensive training and individual tuition. The teaching is suitable for beginners or the more experienced bookbinder, restorer or conservator of books. Spaces are limited to 4 participants to ensure individual attention is available from the Tutor. Both Tutors are experts in their specialist fields of the book. Nicky Oliver is a London-based bookbinder, and design binder at Black Fox Bindery and Karen Vidler is an Adelaide-based bookbinder and book conservator at BCS.

Book and Paper Conservation with Karen Vidler

Individual Tuition
Various topics in bookbinding, book repair and conservation practices.
Fee: AUS$150 per day

Bookbinding and Design Binding with Nicky Oliver

Leather Dyeing Techniques
2 days, 2021
Fee: AUS$240

Sewing Styles for Books
1 day, 2021
Fee: AUS$120

Headbanding Techniques
1 day, 2021 (a day after the 'Sewing Styles' workshop)
Fee: AUS$120

Slipcases for Books
1 day, 2021
Fee: AUS$150

Workshop fee includes materials, handouts and lunch.

Email Lynne with enquiries or to register - bcsbindery@gmail.com. We hope you will join us.

Images from previous workshops can be found - www.facebook.com/bcsbindery

Megan Stallworthy in the South West

Workshops with Megan Stallworthy take place at arts centres and book festivals in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. Perfect for artists, writers, teachers and anyone interested in making books, you will learn core bookbinding skills of folding, cutting, sewing and glueing, and take home your own handmade books along with a set of workshop notes. All the equipment and materials are provided. One to one Zoom tutorials are also available for all those making books at home, tailored to suit your needs and at a time to suit you.

Find more details of all the workshops at www.meganstallworthy.co.uk where you can also sign up to the newsletter, or email info@meganstallworthy.co.uk.

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Virginia, USA

The School For Bookbinding Arts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding. Our goal is simple: to make the study of bookbinding and related crafts enjoyable yet substantive. Each workshop features demonstrations of the techniques being taught coupled with supervised practice time for the student.

We believe our classes have something for everyone. If you are interested in the repair of books, our Introduction to Book Restoration is a great place to start and prepares you for both the Advanced Cloth Restoration and Advanced Leather Restoration courses. Our classes in New Cloth Bindings and Clamshell Box Making are perfect for those seeking the satisfaction of making something fabulous from scratch. If you particularly enjoy working with decorative paper, then all the classes offered during Marbling Fortnight are for you. Also, be sure to check out our workshops in Letterpress Printing, Calligraphy, and Pop-up Structures, all of which will deepen your experience of creative book craft and your appreciation for all that the human hand can bring forth.

For further information and booking, please visit schoolforbookbindingarts.com

Black Fox Bindery Workshops, London


One of the reasons why I fell in love with the craft of bookbinding is because you never stop learning. From Book & Paper Conservation to Book Arts is a huge arc under which lies a multitude of subjects, techniques and skills. Black Fox Bindery offers a variety of teaching resources from taster courses to intensive, from one day to long-term.

The bindery is fully equipped with presses, hot foil blocking machines, paring machines, tools and materials. There is enough space to accommodate 5 students comfortably at any one time and is fully insured.

Workshops and Courses
Over the previous years Black Fox has hosted a selection of successful workshops, covering a variety of subjects and techniques. Although these haven't followed an annual schedule I am more than happy to organise different courses throughout the year when time allows and I am very happy to take requests.

Black Fox Bindery also plays host to guest binders or makers who may not have space of their own to teach. This is a great opportunity for all involved; I get to see a new teaching approach, my students have access to different techniques and the guest gets paid to pass on their skills.

One to One Tuition
One to one tuition has been invaluable to my personal progress in bookbinding and I emphasise the importance of it for focussed skill and technique development. You may have a certain amount of bookbinding experience but may feel that there is room for improvement or you could be a total beginner wishing for concentrated time within a bindery. I can offer one to one tuition tailored to your needs.

I can provide tuition on a daily basis or as part of a structured longer term course. Costs are £150 a day, with working hours usually from 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch. For further information regarding one to one tuition please contact me (Nicky Oliver) at: nicky@blackfoxbindery.com

Bench Rental
The Black Fox Bench Rental service is provided for those who are fed up of practising bookbinding on their kitchen worktops and lacking the equipment that they need. It is an opportunity to come into a fully equipped bindery to work on personal projects whether it be a job, competition piece or a gift for example. The cost of this service is £55 a day which includes access to the equipment, presses, tools and a little guidance from me if needed.

Further information and booking is available from

Scottish Borders

One-to-one or two-to-one tuition in a private studio located in a beautiful rural setting in the Scottish Borders: close to Berwick on Tweed with easy access by road or rail.

Personal tuition from an award winning craftsman! All tuition tailored to suit the skills level of the individual student. If there is a particular technique or a skill you are looking to develop or improve, or if you are a complete beginner taking your first steps into the art &craft of this ancient discipline, contact Mark Ramsden via bookmanconservation.co.uk, or call 01361 882028 or e-mail me bookman@btinternet.com.

Otter Education - Classes in Winchester and Midhurst, UK

Otter Education

Whether you're looking for a serious commitment or simply want to learn something new and have fun while doing it, there's nothing more important than being taught by an experienced Arts & Crafts Instructor. Marysa de Veer has been offering her services to people of all ages since 1993, and is here to give you the personalised attention you deserve so that you can reach your full potential.

Please visit her web site to view the full range of tuition options available.

Teaching Opportunities at the London Centre for Book Arts

Come and teach at the LCBA! The centre is looking to add more workshops to their schedule. If you have an idea for a workshop to teach at the Centre, please let them know by filling in the form on their web site.

You can see examples of their current workshops at londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.uk

The Maureen Duke Educational Award

The Norie Trust is a small charitable trust based in the South West of England. The Trust funds various projects, many of which are associated with literature and the arts. The Trust also assists community-based projects which aim to improve the quality of people's lives.

The Trust has generously offered the Society funds of £2,000 a year for the next 5 years to fund an educational award to assist professionals in the book field. The Trust wishes to recognise Maureen Duke's inspirational teaching and dedication to education and the award will therefore be known as The Maureen Duke Educational Award.

The recipient of the award each year should be a bookbinder, book conservator, book restorer or book artist who has worked professionally in the U.K. for the last two years prior to the award. They should be intending to continue to work professionally, preferably in the UK.

SoB's Education & Training Task Force has been asked by the Trust to administer the award and after discussion it has been agreed that the award panel will consist of the Chair of the Society and the Chair of E&T. The applicant will be required to submit the following:
- Hand written letter of application
- CV
- A brief outline of the nature of study wishing to be undertaken, indicating how this will enhance their work, and their plans for the future
- Full Breakdown of costs - fees, travel and subsistence
- Images of work completed in the 2 years prior to application
- Two references

The recipient will be required to write a report of their study and experience gained for others in the field.

Applications should be sent to: Claire Redfern, 21 Moat Way, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, BN12 4DR.

An Introduction to Bookbinding with Mark Cockram at Studio 5, London

Case Binding

Rationale - This module develops the students' ability to use basic materials such as cloth and a number of machine made papers. It will allow students the opportunity to explore differing adhesives and covering techniques in the production of case bindings.

- to develop hand skills related to paper and cloth work and hand foil work
- to enhance professional skills, awareness and responsibility
- to stimulate creativity in design
- to develop awareness of choice of suitable styles

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable styles of case binding
- fold sections
- be familiar with various sewing techniques
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a case binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 5 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Bradel Binding

Rationale - This module develops an awareness of strength and structure specific to this type of binding. It will give students the opportunity to work with leather and apply the relevant techniques involved in the production of the disappearing spine Bradel binding.

- to introduce the student to leather binding and manipulation
- to identify the correct materials specific to the binding style
- to understand the need for and limitations of the binding style
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to assess the suitability of the binding style

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable text blocks in need of this structure
- forward the book to the required standard
- make a Bradel binding including the use of modern design techniques

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 1 finished item of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a good standard and understand the reasons for their use. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Box and Enclosure Making

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students ability in making 3 styles of boxes for the books made during the 2 previous modules. The student will be able to select and use suitable materials and incorporate style and design ideas.

- to identify the correct materials specific to the box style and use
- to explore design and material manipulation
- to apply the relevant techniques
- to understand internal measuring

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable box styles and construction methods
- apply the techniques for making boxes including a two tray drop back box
- apply techniques suitable for various uses

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 3 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise design, process and protection. The Module is delivered over 6 days with all materials included. Fee £700

Artist's Book or Complete Book (Option A)

Rationale - This module is intended to develop the students' ability to explore print, book manipulation and creative journeys with the book.

- to identify differing print techniques
- to explore the book as a means of artistic and social expression
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable print techniques and mixed media
- forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required
- to understand the relationship of the artist and the book

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 6 days with some materials included. Fee £700

Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding (Option B)

Rationale - The Introduction to Contemporary Bradel Design Binding gives students the opportunity to make a Design Binding using contemporary and traditional techniques and materials.

- to expand existing skills and techniques whilst learning relevant traditional skills
- to explore Design Binding with contemporary arts practices
- to apply the relevant techniques, working practices and mediums

Learning Outcome - On completion the student will be able to:
- select suitable construction methods - forward the book to the required standard and manipulate as required - to boldly go where no one has been before

Assessment Strategy - Assessment will be in line with the STUDIO 5 criteria and will be evident through examination and discussion of 2 finished items of work. The student will demonstrate an ability to apply the techniques to a high standard and understand the reasons for their use. The student will be expected to be able to demonstrate and rationalise working processes. The Module is delivered over 14 days with basic materials included. Fee £1,400

The STUDIO 5 BEGINNERS COURSE is delivered in 3 modules of six days each. Upon successful completion the student will be issued with a Studio 5 Certificate. The fee is £2,100.00 per person. The fee covers all tuition, hand tool use, workshop equipment as required and materials as outlined in the module information. A 50% non returnable deposit is required to confirm booking, full payment being made no less than 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the course. The modules can be delivered in a block or days to suit the individual student. Two further modules, options A and B are individually priced.

To book a place or for more information please contact us at:
Mark Cockram
Studio Five
First Floor The Mews
46-52 Church Road
Barnes, London, SW13 0DQ
Tel: 0208 563 2158 http://studio5bookbindingandarts.blogspot.com/

North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA - Full-time Bookbinding Program
plus Workshops and Short Courses

WorkshopsEstablished in 1986, this popular two-year program attracts students who share a passion for books and materials, problem-solving, the creative process and working with their hands to make, restore and preserve books and other printed cultural treasures. Students learn fundamental bookbinding techniques including tool use and modification, non-adhesive bindings, cloth and paper bindings of various styles, edition binding and an introduction to book repair and conservation. The second year provides a comprehensive examination of leather bindings, decorative tooling and finishing and re-backing and repair of leather bindings. Advanced paper treatments including washing and deacidification and other conservation procedures are covered. In addition to the full-time program, the school offers one-week and longer short courses in bookbinding, calligraphy, paper marbling and more.

For more information go to: www.nbss.edu

Alan Fitch - A Binder of Books and A Teacher of Bookbinding, in Powys, Wales

There are available a variety of courses, which run throughout the year, offering the opportunity to learn in an idyllic location and relaxed atmosphere. With only a maximum of three people on any one course, tuition is on a very personal level, with each student having their own work station and all tools and materials supplied.

The courses run from Monday - Friday (9 - 5). Over the period of the course you will be guided through all the aspects of bookbinding, relevant to each course. There are at present four courses available:

Basic Course - This course has been designed for the beginner and covers all the basics of binding a book.

Refresher/Repair Course - This course is designed for the student who :
- Has completed the Basic Course but would like to spend more time developing their basic skills before moving on to finer things.
- Has had some experience in the past of binding a case bound, round and backed book but would like to refresh their skills.
- Would like to develop their skills in repairing old cloth cased books.

Full Leather Course - This course is for the person who wants to develop their bookbinding skills and progress to binding in leather.

2 Day Bookmaking Course - This course has been designed to allow you to spend two days making a variety of types and styles of book, none of which require any specialist equipment or tools.

Accommodation is available

For further detail please telephone +44 (0)1938 590733,
or view the web site at www.abinderofbooks.co.uk

The School for Bookbinding Arts, Winchester, VA

The School for Bookbinding Arts began in 2002 as the workshop division of Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding (est. 1991) and offers numerous courses in bookbinding and allied subjects taught by the bookbinders of Cat Tail Run along with a team of talented guest instructors.

Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding provides bookbinding, restoration, and conservation services to individuals and institutions. The bookbinders of Cat Tail Run include Susan McCabe, Anna Barnes, Reilly Cundiff, Rowland Kirks, and Jill Deiss. Susan McCabe's expertise includes the sewing of texts and creating custom-crafted endbanding. Anna Barnes restores the covers of leather- and cloth-bound books. Reilly Cundiff specializes in crafting new bindings, restoring cloth binding, and making clamshell boxes. Jill Deiss serves as the senior binder, and Rowland Kirks is chief of operations for the bindery and the bookbinding school.

Further information from:
+1 540 662 2683
email: workshops@cattailrun.com

The Artworks, Halifax, Yorkshire

Printmaking and Bookbinding

Please visit their web site for a full list of available courses.

"All of our workshops offer the highest quality tuition in a relaxed, welcoming, open and conducive atmosphere. Our workshops are structured, providing you with the necessary skills and techniques to master the craft and are flexible too, allowing you to work on different projects from traditional to contemporary. You can work at your own pace and all materials and tools are provided at the class to get you going."

Further information is available from www.theartworks.org.uk

CBL Ascona, Switzerland

The Association centro del bel libro in Ascona is the parent institution of an internationally known and recognised technical school with the specialised areas of Bookbinding and Design and Book and Paper Conservation. The Association exists for the continued development and ever higher qualification of its instructors in both areas. Competitions and exhibitions help inform the public about their activities and expand public awareness of the book. The Association makes it possible for experts in related fields and for interested laypeople to acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to the book through special courses of instruction. The Association is a not for profit organisation. Its departments assure the smooth functioning of the school and an especially well organised office assists course participants with their stay in Ascona. The Directorate, among other duties, is charged with attracting new supporting members for the Association to ensure the continued work and development of the School. Should you be in agreement with the stated goals of the Association - we would be pleased to welcome you as a new member!

Department of Bookbinding and Design - The study areas of Bookbinding and Design offer discerning bookbinders the opportunity of technical and creative challenges. Course participants have the opportunity to further their qualifications through learning internationally recognised methods and techniques, are able to hone their skills and increase their knowledge, evaluate themselves and be inspired by colleagues. They will exchange ideas and find paths in creativity and through self reflection; paths which open up by being away from job demands and daily stress, away from routine, and the pressures of time and expectations of productivity. The annually changing course offerings are continually enhanced by timely developments to expand students depth of understanding. They include classic hand bookbinding techniques, such as the French full leather binding, the Bradel technique, as well as hand gilding. Another area of program concentration is the contemporary design of bookbindings, in which design, technique and material complement each other and fulfil the functional and qualitative aspects of a book.

Department of Book and Paper Conservation - The study of book and paper conservation at the centro del bel libro ascona assures further education specifically for book and paper restorers and delivers timely, inclusive and internationally recognised competencies in theory and practical applications. Scientific bases of restoration, restoration ethics, as well as documentation and decision making are encouraged and fostered in order to increase the knowledge of course participants in these areas. The opportunity to engage in dialogue in related disciplines, support and evaluation of innovation, and most of all development of practical skills to assure correct restoration and conservation measures - all are addressed in this context. The exchange of ideas among experts, and the addition of highly specialised guest lecturers provide the best conditions for exploring all relevant subjects in depth. Highly qualified teachers, a pleasant study and work environment, course participants from countries world wide, and the much renowned southern joie de vivre facilitate learning, ignite the desire to learn and communicate, and reward the student with improved self confidence. Building on these facts, it becomes an easy task to develop conventions for the protection of our cultural heritage, the book - a task which the centro del bel libro ascona has set itself and which it fulfils.

Further information regarding courses programs can be found on the schools web site at: www.cbl-ascona.ch

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